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September 11, 2009

Arson suspected in deadly WLU residence fire

Waterloo Regional Police are investigating a fire that claimed the life of a 19-year-old student at a Wilfrid Laurier University residence in April as an arson. The cause of the blaze is still unknown. Some 320 students have moved into the residence for the new academic year following extensive repairs that were completed in August. The room where the fire originated is being left vacant this year. Waterloo Region Record

Ivey receives $9-million donation

At last Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Richard Ivey School of Business facility at the University of Western Ontario, Richard M. (Dick) Ivey announced an $8.5-million gift to the business school, of which $5 million will be used to ensure the building achieves gold-level LEED certification. The donation increases a commitment the Ivey family made in 2007 from $6.5 million to $15 million, providing the foundation for the business school's next campaign. The Ivey family's financial contributions to the school now exceed $28 million. Ivey News Release | Western News

uToronto breaks ground for new Rotman building

The University of Toronto held a groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday for a new Rotman School of Management building, which will allow the continued expansion of the school's programs, research centres, and faculty. The building, slated to open in 2011, will feature a multi-storey foyer with a grand central staircase, a 400-seat event space, green roofs, and a heritage building to be incorporated into the new structure. The facility is the centerpiece of Rotman's $200-million fundraising campaign. uToronto News

Campus expansion project begins at Algoma U

On Friday, Algoma University held a groundbreaking ceremony for its $16-million Biosciences and Technology Convergence Centre. In addition to teaching and faculty research labs, established enterprises, such as the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, will anchor the facility. The centre will also house the newly-launched Algoma Games for Health, a design studio bringing computer games technology to the delivery of health care and rehabilitation services. Algoma U News Release

uSask licensing income grows by 500%

The University of Saskatchewan reports that new technologies resulting from innovative research at the university raised nearly $6 million in gross licensing income in the 2008-09 fiscal year -- a 5-fold increase since 2004-05. Of the total income, $4.5 million was directly raised by uSask's Industry Liaison Office, which launched in 2004 to accelerate the movement of technologies with good commercial potential into the marketplace. Research areas experiencing particular growth in licensing income include toxicology, agriculture, and veterinary medicine. uSask News Release

BC invests over $4 million in new UFV nursing degree

The BC government announced last Wednesday $4.5 million for a new 3-year bachelor of science in nursing degree being offered at the University of the Fraser Valley this September. $1 million will go towards equipment and start-up, and the remaining $3.5 million will provide operating funding over 4 years. The UFV program is the third of its kind available in the province, along with those already offered by Vancouver Community College and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. BC News Release

First-year enrolment up 10% at St. Lawrence College

St. Lawrence College reports a 10% increase in overall first-year enrolment. Student confirmations are up 26% at the college's Cornwall campus, 12% at Brockville, and 7% at Kingston. Showing particular strength are the Health Sciences and Community Services programs, with most reaching maximum capacity across all 3 campus. For the first time, the bachelor of science in nursing program had waiting lists. Enrolment in several new programs, including Game Development Technician and Wind Turbine Technician Co-op Apprenticeship, exceeded projections. St. Lawrence College News Release

Record enrolment at Langara College

Langara College is welcoming more than 9,000 students this month -- the largest per term enrolment in the school's history. New student enrolment jumped by 6%, while returning student enrolment increased by 8.4%. Enrolment in university transfer rose by more than 9.1%, and degree programs increased over 4.5% compared to last year. Langara News Release

MUN plans to eliminate use of bottled water on campus

Earlier this month, Memorial University's interim president, Christopher Loomis, signed a document pledging to eliminate the distribution of bottled water at university-sponsored events, and eventually to have the campus become bottled water free. The Bottle Water Free pledge also signifies MUN's dedication to develop a Water Access Plan to upgrade current infrastructure in order to increase access to public drinking water, and to ensure all new campus facilities include adequate access to public drinking fountains. In March, the University of Winnipeg became the first university in Canada to discontinue the sale of bottled water on campus. MUN News

UPEI creates mobile phone-friendly version of website

The University of Prince Edward Island recently launched UPEI Mobile, a version of the school's website designed for mobile phones. Through UPEI Mobile, users can search for people on campus, watch videos, get emergency information, look up the location of specific departments, read the latest news releases, and access the full university website. The webpage also features a Twitter-like community called The Ticker, a social network specifically for students and faculty. UPEI News Release | CBC | UPEI Mobile